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The Mad Woman in the Attic
Series: The Sarah Jane Adventures

TV story

Series Number: 15
Enemy: {{{enemy}}}
Setting: Ealing, London,

Danemouth, Sussex
October 24th 2009, 2059

Writer: Joseph Lidster
Director: Alice Troughton
Producer: Nikki Smith
Broadcast: 22 October 2009 (Part 1)
23 October 2009 (Part 2)
Format: 2 - 30 minute episodes
Prod. Code: {{{production code}}}
Previous Story: Prisoner of the Judoon
Following Story: The Wedding of Sarah Jane Smith



The year is 2059. In the derelict attic of 13, Bannerman Road, an elderly Rani Chandra tells the story of the day she met the alien Eve, and her life went wrong.


Part One

It is the year 2059 and a young boy called Adam walks inside the dark, mysterious 13 Bannerman Road. It is no longer inhabited by Sarah Jane Smith, instead Rani Chandra. Mr Smith has died and the whole house seems to be deteriorating. Rani herself is falling apart, now an insane old woman. She sees Adam and tells him about the day her life ended.

In 2010, Rani is intrigued by some light formations. She goes over to Sarah Jane's. There, Sarah Jane, Luke and Clyde are laughing about Maria Jackson, who is now a government agent. Sarah Jane says that it was just lightning, as Mr Smith had checked up on it. Angry, Rani returns home to sulk and finds an e-mail from Sam Lloyd. Her best friend before she moved to Ealing, who had lost contact with her. They investigate a closed funfair where people have disappeared, saying there's a Demon inside. Rani goes in to investigate, but Sam returns to his orphanage. Rani finds the caretaker, Harry and pretends she has a twisted ankle. Whilst in Harry's office, Rani hears a voice says 'Playtime has Began'. She then witnesses the people who disappeared walk out from the haunted house with red eyes, and begin playing on the rides. Harry is contacted by a red face in his mirror. The voice says, 'Playtime is Over' and the people return to the haunted house.

Rani makes her way into the haunted house and discovers a red alien called Eve. Eve is nothing but a child and the two talk with each other, Eve reveals that her race can allow people to see their past and future and manipulate timelines. She also reveals her race was killed in the Time War, her parents placed her in a Ship that crashed on Earth and Harry had raised her since. She then says that the people she possessed are her friends, as she is not allowed out of her room, because Harry loves her and believes people will do horrible things to her if they see her. Eve asks Rani if she wants to see her future. After viewing her old, insane self, Rani is upset and decides Eve needs to escape.

Part Two

Meanwhile, Clyde investigates into Rani's disappearance and finds Sam's e-mail. Sarah Jane, Luke and Clyde go to the orphanage home and Sam tells them where Rani is. Sarah Jane and Clyde leave to find Rani, while Luke stays behind with Sam, who also has the red face in his mirror. Sarah Jane and Clyde find Harry and the face. The face scans her mind and shows her past and her future, the TARDIS in her attic. Sam captures Luke and the face does the same to him, who sees himself graduating from university at an early age. The face reveals herself to be Ship, the computer system that drives Eve's ship and that Eve's parents programmed her to keep her on Earth, where she would be safe. Sarah Jane and Clyde go to find Eve, who is escaping with Rani. Eve loves the outdoors and uses the power Ship gave her to control the people to send the rides insane. Rani gets angry at her and storms off, but Eve possesses her. Ship warns Eve that her energy will soon run out, whilst Sam arrives. Eve is dying and Sarah Jane, Clyde and Sam must take her back to Ship. They do and Ship absorbs her energy. Rani and the others return to their right minds and Harry and Rani go to Ship.

The coordinates are set for Eve to travel the stars with her newfound love, Sam. The two offer Harry to come and he happily accepts. The only thing that can power Ship is a black hole and Sarah Jane happily tells K-9 to come home, as the black hole he is monitoring is the one they are destroying. It seems to be a happy ending, but it is not all over yet. Ship decides to grant Rani a wish, she had previously said she wished Sarah Jane, Luke and Clyde would leave her alone. Although she didn't mean it, Ship doesn't understand and erases Rani's friends from existence.

Back in 2059, Rani has finished her tale, but sees Adam's eyes glow red. He explains that he is the son of Eve and Sam and that he has come here to grant her a wish. She wishes Ship never took her friends away and time begins to correct itself.

The same scenario repeats, but with one difference, Ship keeps quiet and doesn't erase Rani's friends. Ship takes off happily with Eve, Sam and Harry, onwards to more adventure. The trio is joined by Luke and finds K-9 at their house when they return. Sarah Jane takes a photo of Rani, Luke, Clyde and K-9.

In 2059, Rani is living a very different life. She stills inhabits Bannerman Road, but is saner, Mr Smith is presumably alive and there are lights on. Two boys and a girl run in, hugging their grandmother. The children's father, Shuresh, follows and shares a hug with his mother. He asks her how her trip to Washington, D.C. was. She says it was great and she and Luke got to catch up with Maria. The family shares a happy moment. Sitting on Rani's cupboard is the photo of her, Luke, Clyde and K-9.



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  • Sarah Jane references the Terrible Zodin while talking to Luke and Clyde.
  • Eve refers to her race being targeted by both sides in a war and many being "exterminated" because of their ability to read the "Timelines". This is presumably a reference to the Last Great Time War, the two races being the Time Lords and the Daleks.
  • "Older Rani" talks about the time before people became truly aware of aliens. Cybermen and Daleks are mentioned.
  • Many references are made to Maria Jackson and Rani's fears of being compared to her. This is also touched upon by Mrs Wormwood in SJA: Enemy of the Bane.
  • In the fun park, there are pictures of many characters from other shows. As well as logos. Some of them are Mickey Mouse, Pluto, and the Warner Bros. logo.
  • Eve and her son's name are a biblical reference to the first humans, Adam and Eve.

Story Notes



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  • Since Eve said about playing games in the trailer, some people thought she was related to the Celestial Toymaker or the Isolus.
  • People thought another fairytale creature might be shown (such as the Pied Piper or Gorgon) because that was the normal format.
  • People thought Sarah Jane would be classified as mad and Luke will have to live in a home.

Filming Locations

Discontinuity, Plot Holes, Errors

  • When Eve scans Rani's mind a Gorgon appears: the Gorgon appeared in series 1, but Rani appeared in series 2. (This is a memory of aliens shown earlier in the episode not when looking at Rani's past.)
  • How can Rani narrate events which she is not a part of? She could not have found out from Sarah Jane, Luke or Clyde later on because they had been removed from time. (The only events she is actively shown to be narrating are ones of which she was a part, or which occurred while she, Luke, and Sarah were all connected to Ship.)
  • Clips of DW: The Five Doctors is shown but Sarah was supposed to have forgotten about that adventure (It is unknown whether she remembers being abducted to Gallifrey or not. Regardless, the clip is of her prior to that, on Earth talking to K9MKIII.)
  • Why did Ship show Rani her far future and not Luke and Sarah's far future? (Ship showed Rani the biggest effect in her future and the biggest effect in Sarah Janes and Lukes.)
  • How can Ship show Sarah Jane and Luke their futures if it removes them in that timeline? Because it hadn't done it yet, obviously. It shows them their most likely futures provided that they have futures.



External Links

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The Sarah Jane Adventures Series 3
Prisoner of the Judoon  • The Mad Woman in the Attic  • The Wedding of Sarah Jane Smith  • The Eternity Trap  • Mona Lisa's Revenge  • The Gift

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